The California Mathematics Project at Sacramento State (CMPSS) is a professional network of educators dedicated to engaging students in productive struggle, sense-making, collaborative reasoning, and clear communication of thinking and solutions.  We support teachers to build procedural fluency on a base of conceptual understanding, and to strategically select tasks and contexts for application that connect ideas and provide access for all students.  We inspire teachers to reflect after each lesson: “Who did the math thinking today?”


Deb Stetson

Project Director

Deb Stetson taught high school mathematics for 13 years before becoming the Project Director to work with teachers and future teachers with the Math Project at Sacramento State.


Kim Elce

Principal Investigator
Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Elce is dedicated to K-16 mathematics education inspiring both teachers and students to think creatively and collaboratively in order to solve problems.  She uses questions to challenge and spark students to wonder and reason for themselves.


Scott Farrand

Faculty Advisor
Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Farrand founded the Math Project at Sacramento State in 1999.  His approach to teaching mathematics is to turn a lesson into something puzzling, which intrigues the learners.  He then guides them to find connections between ideas and to reason for themselves.


Debbie Dennick

Program & Event Manager

Debbie Dennick is a Sac State alumni that never made her way off campus. She started managing events for the Center for Mathematics and Science Education in 2008, "just until I graduate" and hasn't looked back since.


Heidi Trapp

Administrative Support Coordinator, Sacramento State

Heidi Trapp began working for the center for Mathematics and science Education in 2016, after she moved to Sacramento from the Midwest (Boiler up!). She handles finances, hiring, Deb's run-on sentences, and everyone's food leftovers.


Sense-Making for Teachers and Students

"With an education, you have everything you need to rise above the noise and fulfill every last one of your dreams."  Michelle Obama, #LetGirlsLearn

The Mathematics Project at Sacramento State is a professional home for teachers to hone the craft of teaching embracing every student's brilliant potential and fostering every student's thinking, conjecturing, and reasoning.  We work to create access and provide support for high level mathematics for ALL students.  

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E: mase@csus.edu

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